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Fall Food Preview: Nine New Westchester Eateries To Try

Chorizo and shrimp burger with melty Oaxaca cheese, avocado, and greens on a brioche at The Whitlock in Katonah. Photo Credit: Facebook
Pizza from Hudson Farmer and the Fish in Sleepy Hollow. Photo Credit: Facebook
Cheesy goodness from Fortina in Yonkers. Photo Credit: Facebook

Fall is filled with the bounty of new restaurant openings. And Westchester is no exception.

Here's a preview of where to eat (and Instagram). Feel free to add your own in our comments or on Facebook. 

  • Finn and Brew, Peekskill: A seafood-focused New American restaurant, located on the waterfront, will open sometime in October. Expect lots of beers thanks to The River Outpost Brewery, a new brewery headed by Scott Vaccaro, the owner and brewmaster behind Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. Diners will find eight to 10 different brews on tap at both the brewery and the restaurant. The location is Factoria, 5 John Walsh Blvd. The eatery, being all about community, will kick off a series of weekend events featuring food, drink and live entertainment on Saturday, Sept. 30.
  • Fortina, Yonkers: Chef Christian Petroni and his partners, John Nealon and Rob Krauss, continue to spread their cheese empire  -- they have locations in Armonk, Rye Brook, Stamford and Brooklyn (and now, Yonkers) -- while also creating excitement in the Italian food arena. You'll feel like you walked into a movie set thanks to the industrial-chic space (hello 35-foot cathedral ceilings), exposed brick, and timeworn graffiti. Of course, pizza rules though an expanded menu of live-fire dishes will appear later in the year when the team installs an outdoor hearth for Asado-style feasts. The restaurant, which opened Sept. 13, is at 1086 N. Broadway, 914-358-3595.
  • Hudson Farmer & The Fish, Sleepy Hollow: According to the restaurant's Facebook page, the first test run of the pizza oven has begun, meaning an opening is not far behind. Foodies -- especially those who like farm-to-table food -- are eagerly awaiting this location from the folks behind North Salem’s Purdy’s Farmer & the Fish. Expect an early October opening (and definitely check their Facebook page for up-to-date details.) Among the offerings: lobster rolls, steamers, a raw bar, and seasonally influenced pies. The restaurant is at 11 River St., 914- 617-8380.
  • Mr. Koo's Kitchen, Irvington: The former chef of 2 Duck Goose in Brooklyn is bringing his modern interpretations of Cantonese cuisine to Westchester. On the menu: cold smoked duck breast with pickled lotus root and seared rice cakes with hot Chinese mustard, Cantonese latkes with a charred radicchio slaw; and braised pork belly with lotus root chip, and Meyer lemon chutney The restaurant plans a soft opening on Wednesday, Oct. 11 and is at 100 Main St., 914- 231-9567.
  • Popojito, Scarsdale: This new gluten-free restaurant, set to open within the next two weeks, promises Mediterranean-Mexican fare in a casual, family-friendly space. On the menu: taco fillings such as tequila lime salmon, cactus-tofu tinga, and rosemary filet mignon, plenty of salads and fun dips like guacamole, charred salsa verde, and crushed garbanzo. There will also be a market area selling house-pickled peppers, carrots, onions and other condiments. The eatery prides itself on being non-gmo and using what's locally sourced and raised where possible. It's located at 46 Christie Place,
  • The Eagle Saloon, Peekskill: The Hudson Hospitality Group (Taco Dive Bar, The Hudson Room, Buns 'n' Bourbon) is adding another restaurant to its arsenal complete with a live music stage and a private mezzanine for taking in performances. Diners will also find a 42-foot-long bar (the longest in Westchester County, says their Facebook page), vintage Americana decor and food from across the U.S. A late October/early November opening is planned. The restaurant is at 21 S. Division St., 914-788-8800;
  • The Granola Bar, Rye: This Fairfield County-based local chain, known for its healthy food (acai bowls, smoothies, wraps, coffee, avocado toast and yes, granola) is opening at 96 Purchase Street at 6 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27.
  • The Tapp, Tarrytown: There's a new kitchen, a redesigned bar and dining room and an updated menu at The Tapp, which closed earlier this year. Along with burgers and sandwiches, you'll find blacked swordfish, falafael tacos and grilled hangar steak. There are also plenty of apps and small bites. The Tapp is at 17 N. Broadway, 914-703-6022.
  • The Whitlock, Katonah: This new American eatery serves up a menu that supports local farms, purveyors, and businesses to bring diners a hyperlocal and authentic experience. The eatery, located at 17 Katonah Ave., already had its soft opening and will officially open Friday, Sept. 29.

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